verb (used with object), pil·laged, pil·lag·ing.
verb (used without object), pil·laged, pil·lag·ing.
- pill beetle,
- pill bug,
- pill popper,
- pill pusher,
- pillar box,
- pillar to post,
Origin of pillage
Examples from the Web for pillage
Will the Obama coalition now forever outvote and and pillage the makers of American wealth?Commentary's Symposium on the Future of Conservatism|David Frum|January 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They will use their majority to pillage the makers and redistribute to the takers.
Those who carry out this pillage probably believe they can outrun their own destructiveness.Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco Chronicle Mining Catastrophes in West Virginia|Chris Hedges, Joe Sacco|June 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The people at Safed had received information that the Druses were coming to pillage the place.Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I|Sir Moses Montefiore
They suffered them to share their fires; nay, more, they allowed them to pillage in their company.The Two Great Retreats of History|George Grote
The pillage went on until the victorious general had got his army—or some of it—across the Bridge.South London|Sir Walter Besant
The bodies of the dead were thrown into the river, and the houses of the leaders were abandoned to the pillage of the multitude.
The women seemed to be wearing the spoils of yesterday's pillage, and yet to yearn for to-morrow's.What Will People Say?|Rupert Hughes
Word Origin for pillage
late 14c., "act of plundering" (especially in war), from Old French pilage (14c.) "plunder," from pillier "to plunder, loot, ill-treat," possibly from Vulgar Latin *piliare "to plunder," probably from a figurative use of Latin pilare "to strip of hair," perhaps also meaning "to skin" (cf. figurative extension of verbs pluck, fleece), from pilus "a hair" (see pile (n.3)).
"plunder, despoil," 1590s, from pillage (n.). Related: Pillaged; pillaging. The earlier verb in English was simply pill (late Old English), which probably is from Latin pilare.